Four police officials have been closed to the police lines in Dinajpur following an alleged scuffle with a local leader of Bangladesh Chhatra League, the student wing of ruling Awami League.
The officials are Sub-Inspector Nazrul Islam and constables, Sagar Chowdhury, Mizanur Rahman, and Babul Islam of Biral Police station.
According to sources in police, Sarwarul Islam Rasel, president of BCL Biral upazila unit, was passing by the station on his motorcycle on Saturday afternoon when SI Nazrul and the constables stopped him to check his vehicle documents.
He failed to show the documents and pushed SI Nazrul. A scuffle broke out as the SI tried to seize Sarwarul’s motorcycle, said police and witnesses.
As the news spread, some 50-60 BCL and Jubo League (youth wing of ruling Awami League) men gathered in front of the police station and demanded punishment of the policemen for “assaulting their leader.”
Sushanta Sarkar, assistant superintendent of police (Dinajpur Sadar circle), arrived at the scene and tried to tame the crowd by assuring them that the officials would be penalised.
“I talked to Dinajpur SP Syed Abu Sayem who ordered me to close the policemen. Later, the BCL leader left the station with his motorcycle,” he told this correspondent.
SI Nazrul said a clash did take place but is was the BCL men who started it. “Sarwarul Islam first pushed me when I tried to take his key,” he told The Daily Star. The SI added that he had been in office for a year now but never saw Sarwarul before.
Sarwarul denied the SI’s claim when asked over the matter. “I have valid documents of my motorcycle. I didn’t push the SI. He slapped me after barring my way.”